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Inertial Navigation Systems and What I’ve Learned

It’s been one year since I took on the role of Marketing Coordinator at Zupt. In the course of a year, I myself have grown professionally, and I’ve learned so much along the way – about metrologies, land seismic surveys, inertial navigation, and both the onshore and offshore industry.

I learn something new every day, it seems – and I honstly believe that learning process could never stop, due to the fact that Zupt is always working to expand the scope of our capabilities. As a company, we aren’t content with merely maintaining the status quo. We’re constantly working toward improving our existing products and services, or applying our technology to other aspects of the industry. This is evident in the various advancements and achievements we’ve made since last May:

  • Last summer, we announced a half century of metrologies since 2009, a significant milestone for Zupt. And as if that wasn’t enough, we surpassed 75 metrologies within 9 months of that announcement, and are projected to reach a full century this summer!
  • At SEG 2013, we debuted our B-PINS SPOT – the latest generation land seismic system for survey under canopy – complete with laser-range finder to automatically measure the height of the pack above ground level, and deliver vertical and horizontal accuracy of about 0.25 m.
  • We’ve made improvements to our C-PINS, by using Titanium housings to provide a more durable, lightweight solution capable of reaching depths of up to 4,000 meters.
  • Zupt received ISO 9001:2008 re-certification after a successful audit of our Quality Management System by DNV-GL. Obtaining this re-certification proves our dedication to providing quality control and conformity assurance for our clients.
  • In addition to our existing inertial navigation systems for the land seismic and the marine construction markets, Zupt has been working on the development of the W-PINS for the Steam Assist Gravity (SAGD) heavy oil drilling market. This spring, we were able to perform real-world tests on the W-PINS to achieve an unprecedented level of precision in determining the well bore geometry and position of the “toe” of these wells.
  • Another of Zupt’s developments continued this past year – video mosaicking for the marine construction industry. Our aim is to utilize state of the art computer vision and photogrammetry techniques, combined with inertial navigation systems to provide precise, real-time and high resolution post processed ortho photos of subsea assets (pipelines, wells, flying leads, etc.).

It’s been a great first year at Zupt, and definitely a learning experience with all the developments and advancements the company has made in such a short amount of time. If there is one lesson I could take away from my experience thus far, it would be to never get too comfortable – there’s always room for improvement.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss any of our applications and developments, please contact us at

Zupt Completes ISO 9001:2008 Re-Certification

Zupt, LLC has received ISO 9001:2008 re-certification. After a successful audit of our Quality Management System by DNV-GL in February we are proud to stand behind our successful quality management system. Obtaining this re-certification proves Zupt, LLC’s dedication to providing quality control and conformity assurance continues. The International Organization of Standards publishes the Quality Management System standards to assist companies in achieving their quality goals. Being compliant in 9001:2008 is a solid foundation for an organization to establish their own system, within the standards, that works for them.

Here at Zupt we have developed comprehensive Process Quality Plans that have assisted all of our departments, from Engineering through to Customer Support in achieving our quality management goals. Using these Process Quality Plans we are proud to say that our product and services conformity is constantly improving.

“Determining our non-conformities and areas where corrective action might be required has allowed us to quantify our need for improvement in any given department. Remaining compliant with 9001:2008 has provided us with year round data to monitor our successes and short comings. Identifying where a problem exists has allowed us to promptly address and re-mediate the issue. Alternatively, we can see what works well in specific departments and if applicable we can apply them to other areas of the company. Year round monitoring of our quality management is the biggest advantage to 9001:2008 here at Zupt.” – Keith

Our certificate can be viewed at the following web address: ISO 9001:2008Certificate

Zupt and Sagem (Safran) Enter Into an Agreement

Zupt and Sagem (Safran) Enter Into an Agreement

Zupt, LLC has entered into an agreement with Sagem (Safran) for the development of the subsea hydrographic and oil and gas market for the Sagem BlueNaute® product range. This will include standard subsea heading, pitch, roll and heave products as well as aided inertial options (USBL smoothing and Sparse LBL) to be combined within the subsea BlueNaute® products.

BlueNaute® is based on hemispherical resonator gyros (HRG), a patented Sagem (Safran) technology that was initially used in spacecraft. This new-generation inertial navigation system is already used in aerospace, which has very demanding reliability requirements. BlueNaute has been developed to be fully compliant with International Maritime Organization and the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) treaty requirements. Because of its core HRG technology, BlueNaute also offers virtually unlimited service life. BlueNaute navigation systems have been in production since the end of 2012, and are integrated in Sagem’s Montluçon plant. Sagem has developed proven expertise in all inertial technologies – mechanical, laser, fiber-optic, vibrating – and has over 60 years of experience in making navigation systems for both civil and military platforms deployed by customers from around the world.

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Sagem, a high-tech company of Safran, holds world or European leadership positions in optronics, avionics, electronics and safety-critical software for both civil and military markets. Sagem is the No. 1 company in Europe and No. 3 worldwide for inertial navigation systems (INS) used in air, land and naval applications. Operating across the globe through the Safran group, Sagem and its subsidiaries employ 7,500 people in Europe, Southeast Asia and North America. Sagem is the commercial name of the company Sagem Défense Sécurité. Fore more information:

Zupt, based in Houston Texas is an integrator of inertial technology specifically focused on oil and gas and hydrographic survey applications. Zupt has existing products and services for offshore subsea precise surveys including metrology as well as onshore land survey products for precise land surveying in GPS denied or canopy covered areas. Zupt has worked with Sagem’s inertial navigation systems for the past 10 years. Zupt provides offshore survey services worldwide and currently operates in Europe, West Africa and the US Gulf of Mexico.

Happy Holidays from Zupt!

Happy Holidays from Zupt!

Twas the nigt before Christmas and in Houston, Texas
Keith Vickery was snoring as he dreamed about nexus…es.
Offshore metrologies and field survey crews,
“No GPS under canopy!! Whatever will we do?!”
He woke with a start and with sweat on his brow
“I know we can solve this problem, but how?”
He pondered and mulled and weighed all the options.
Ate Santa’s cookies lest he faint from exhaustion.

He nibbled on carrots as he brainstormed some more
He felt a yawn coming so he let out a roar.
Just as he gave up and was headed to bed
“I’ve got it! We’ll use inertial navigation instead!”

He jotted some notes so he would remember
The brilliant idea from this night in December.
First thing in the morning he’d gather the team.*
They’d work out the kinks and smooth out the seams.

He called Anno and Ray and Carlos and Tim,
Texted Jen, Ozer, Alex, Nick, Sam and Kim,
He couldn’t forget Bill, who’s as bright as a button
For an emergency meeting at the office on Cutten.*

They hashed out the details and drew out the plans
For systems to be used both offshore and on land.
That winter morning B-PINS and C-PINS were born,
They knew these systems would take the world by storm.

They ended their meeting with hearts full of joy
Returned to their families and their Christmas toys.
Now that the story of Zupt has been brought to light
Happy Holidays to all, and to all a good night!

*DISCLAIMER: Keith would never call a meeting on Christmas day, of course!

Zupt is keeping busy with metrologies!

October has proven to be a very busy month for Zupt! In the span of just two weeks, our team has completed six metrologies in Angola, Congo, and the Gulf of Mexico. We wanted to share a poignant comment recently made by a client: “When you go inertial, you stay with inertial.” We’d like to extend our appreciation to our expanding base of customers who continue to trust Zupt’s products and services for their projects – Thank you!

As Zupt continues to grow, we are constantly developing new ways to improve the products and services we provide. One of our recent innovations is a light weight (lighter weight) 4,000m rated titanium C-PINS system, which was recently successfully deployed for the Congo project. We also have some new simple ROV tooling to allow multiple survey instruments to be carried and used within a single ROV dive.

If you would like details on the quality of the data produced by the use of our C-PINS systems in our recent metrologies, or if you’d like to discuss how Zupt can help you increase the productivity of your next project, please email us at or give us a call at 832-295-7280.